Published: 1st OCTOBER 2019

Sustrans Schools and Community Volunteer, Devon

Are you looking for an opportunity to inspire more young people to get active by walking, cycling or scooting to school? We're looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers in Devon to help support and encourage young people in schools to travel actively.

  • Community
  • Devon
  • we are looking for someone who can support or run at least one or more activities per six week term
  • volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 24918

We are looking for schools and community volunteers in the areas of Barnstaple, Bideford, Exeter, Cranbrook and Newton Abbot who can help pupils and parents be more active by walking, scooting and cycling for the school run, and for everyday journeys.

Information about the role

The Active Travel to Schools Project, funded by Devon County Council through the Access Fund, works with primary and secondary schools and colleges in Exeter, Cranbrook, Newton Abbot, Barnstable and Bideford. It aims to give pupils and their families the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to actively travel to school.

As a Schools Volunteer, you will:

  • make a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people and their families
  • improve the local environment for the wider community – by reducing congestion, improving air quality and reducing noise and air pollution
  • meet new people and give something back to your community
  • join a network of more than 4,000 volunteers nationwide
  • receive free training and support
  • gain experience planning and running events
  • and most importantly of all have a great time!

Summary of tasks

You would work with one of three Devon Education Active Travel Officers to support the delivery a range of fun and inspiring activities and events, which the Officer has arranged with the school. This might include assisting with preparing and gathering resources and equipment and setting up and delivering the activity. Activities can take place within the school or outside the school grounds. It will involve engaging with students (4-21 year olds), school and college staff, parents and the wider school community. If and when you feel confident and able to, the Officer will support you to start planning the delivery of these activities yourself.

You can choose which volunteering activities you would like to help with or organise. Activities could include for example:

  • after school bike clubs and cycling and scooter skills sessions
  • led rides and walks
  • bling your bike, bike breakfasts or smoothie bike sessions
  • Dr Bike or bike maintenance session dependant on skills
  • Active Travel to School days
  • travel advice and planning sessions
  • school assemblies
  • creating an information display
  • community information stand to promote Sustrans and walking and cycling in the area
  • producing and distributing promotional materials

Skills required

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • enjoy working with children
  • have the motivation to support and encourage children and their families to cycle, walk and scoot for everyday journeys such as the school run
  • have good communication and organisational skills
  • are confident cyclists
  • are enthusiastic, friendly and patient

Time commitment

We are looking for someone who can support or run at least one or more activities per six week term.

Most activities take place during, or just before or after, the school day and in term time, so you will need to be available during these times. Some community activities, however, may take place during the school holiday and during weekends. The specific timing of activities is determined by school diaries and class availability, so volunteering may take place at irregular times, days and intervals.

Training and support offered

Sustrans will provide you with the training, skills and tools you need to carry out this role.

All volunteers attend a half-day Sustrans Essential course.  We also offer activity-specific training.  For example, we have a training course to enable you to safely lead a group ride or walk.  All Sustrans Volunteer training courses are free

You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (Sustrans will pay for this) and to complete an online safeguarding module, in order to work with children.

You’ll receive regular communications to support you in your role and can join our online community to find support in other volunteers across the UK. You’ll have access to Sustrans guides and online support.  You’ll also have the chance to meet other volunteers at training, networking events and volunteer days locally, regionally and nationally, and if you wish you can get involved with other Sustrans activity in your area.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.


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